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Breaking: 3-time Pro Bowler signs with up-and-coming team | Around the NFL

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Three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward is signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $5 million.

Per ESPN, he had been scheduled to make $4.5 million with the Denver Broncos this season but was released Saturday after three seasons.

"The Bucs upgraded their safety position this offseason by signing J.J. Wilcox from the Dallas Cowboys and selecting Texas A&M's Justin Evans with a second-round draft pick. Neither unseated the Bucs' two returning players at the position -- Chris Conte and Keith Tandy, who were expected to start the season opener against the Miami Dolphins."

Ward, 30, has a history with Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek, who was with the Browns' front office when Cleveland drafted Ward in 2010 and with the Broncos when he was a scout, winning a Super Bowl in the 2015 season.

Over 14 games last season, Ward registered 87 combined tackles, eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a sack. In the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers, Ward had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Ward dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason. The Broncos previously drafted two safeties -- Justin Simmons, who did not miss a single tackle in 2016 according to Pro Football Focus, and Will Parks.

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